Business sizzling for Latino entrepreneurs in New Bedford

The smells of Central America and the Caribbean wafted through the Riverside Park summer air on Saturday afternoons this July and August.

From Carmen Martinez’ pupusas to Estella de la Cruz’s tacos, they were all there.

Corrinn Williams and Ken Rapoza of the Community Economic Development Center oversaw a pilot program to show would-be Latino vendors how to navigate the city’s health and safety regulations governing food vendors.

“We had heard for like 20 years that folks wanted to figure out how they could be vendors outdoors,” Williams said. 

So, the CEDC began a pilot program, with the help of the state and city, and showed would-be entrepreneurs how to get in the business, so to speak.